Karate
Karate

ORIGIN

Originally from Okinawa, the art was modified by Chinese influence then taken to Japan and evolved to its current form early this century.

PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY

Karate literally means "empty hand" It refers to a mind that removes self, to control ego and understand ones self. Control is an essential element. During competition, there are penalties for injuring opponents. There's an equal balance between kicks and strikes, with some grappling and although ground fighting is prohibited in competition, it is taught as part of the art.

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